This article reveals what has been established in literature and in real life. Worth the read in light of the Costa Concordia tragedy.
As an Andrea Doria author and survivor, I can attest, through in-depth research that Capt. Calamai had to be persuaded by his officers to abandon the ship. He finally succumbed when his officers threatened to climb up the rope again and die with him. Realizing that he was putting their life in danger, he finally said, “OK, I will come down.”
That’s what’s called “honor, valor and responsibility”.